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How To Protect Yourself When Selling Your Home

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How To Protect Yourself When Selling Your Home

When deciding to sell a home, one of the most predominant things to keep in mind throughout the whole process is protecting yourself. You do not under any circumstances want to be in a position wherein someone can take advantage of and benefit from your mistakes, naivety, or goodwill.

Ensuring your safety, be it financial or otherwise, will put you in a position of confidence to move through the process with minimal stress. The less stress, the more you’ll find yourself taking control of the situation and coming to an outcome you are genuinely happy with.

Here are a couple simple steps to take to make your sale an easy one.

Be completely honest when disclosing details of the house.

Just by being entirely truthful about certain instances in which the house has received damage - water damage, wind damage, cracks or otherwise - you negate an instance in which you find yourself having to pay to fix things you’ve not revealed, or even facing legal consequences: an unnecessary headache in an already stressful situation. Being upfront about everything will ensure nobody claims information was withheld from them.

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Get everything in writing!

Don’t be shy to be firm with this. At the end of the day, selling a home is just another business deal - don’t treat it any other way. Your purchase agreement is integral to this. All changes, fixes, deals, negotiations or any other important information must be documented, to make sure nothing becomes an issue somewhere down the line. The peace of mind that comes with knowing, to a fine detail, exactly what to expect from the overall transaction and move, is something absolutely worth having.

Anything personal or valuable should be moved prior to the listing.

This may seem a bit unnecessary, as those personal, valuable items are what give your house character and style, but in the online age it is always important to protect your identity.

On top of this, having an open for inspection will, by definition, allow strangers into your home. Pocketable items should be kept safe and secure for the duration of the inspection period. Think photos, documents, medication, jewellery, wallets and cash, or even kitchenware. In the age of online inspections, the reality is that anyone with an internet connection has the potential to see what’s inside your house and where it all is.

Ensure the safety of your own home.

Some things we are accustomed to when living in a home are potential hazards in the environment of an inspection. Have all rooms well lit, all stairs clear and easy to move through, and knives and the like hidden in cupboards or drawers will remove even the slightest of chances of things going wrong and ultimately impacting the sale.

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Finally, keep things secure.

Go the extra mile to keep things sailing as smoothly as possible. Ensure there is only one way into and one way out of your house. Consider purchasing some smart security cameras that send live footage straight to your phone. Make sure your locks are all functioning, and try keeping some lights on inside during the nights in which the house is unoccupied.

While things typically go fine, preparing yourself for bad situations will make you more confident during the sale and more equipped to deal with anything that does go wrong.

Confidence is key to a good sale, and for this reason amongst the many others stated above it is integral to protect yourself when selling your home.